Bill Kazmaier Workout

In preparation for a strongman competition or power lifting contest Kazmaier was known to cycle down the amount of reps he completed; initially using an 8 rep routine and then cycling down to 5 rep routines and 3 rep routines with extremely heavy weights. Listed below is an example of a Bill Kazmaier training regime which he would carry out four days a week:

 

Day One

  • Bench Press (Heavy): 1 warm up set then 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Wide Grip Bench: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Narrow Grip Bench: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Front Deltoid Raise: 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Dumbbell Seated Press: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Side Deltoid Raise: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Lying Triceps Push: 2 warm up sets then 6 sets x 10 reps
  • Triceps Push Down: 4 sets x 10 reps

 

Day Two

  • Squat (Heavy): 1 warm up set then 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Dead Lift (Light): 1 warm up set then 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Shrugs: 2 sets x 15-40 reps, 1 set x 10-20 reps
  • Seated Hammer Curls: 4 sets x 12 reps
  • Standing Curl: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Close Grip Chin Ups: 3 sets x max on each set
  • Seated Row: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Leg Extensions: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Leg Curl: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Calf Raise: 3 sets x 15-25 reps

 

Day Three

  • Bench Press (Light): 1 warm up set then 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Wide Grip Bench: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Narrow Grip Bench: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Dumbbell Seated Press (Heavy): 1 warm up set then 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Front Deltoid Raise: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Tennis Backhand Cable Extensions: 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Prone Triceps Extension: 4 sets x 10 reps

 

Day Four

  • Dead Lift (Heavy): 1 warm up set then 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Squat (Light): 1 warm up set then 4 sets x10 reps
  • Shrugs (Heavy): 4 sets x 10-15 reps
  • Seated Hammer Curl: 4 sets x 8 reps
  • Concentration Curl: 4 sets x 12 reps
  • One Arm Row In 3 Positions: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Wide Grip Pull (Down To Chest): 4 sets x 10 reps
  • Leg Extensions: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Leg Curl: 3 sets x 10 reps
  • Calf Raise: 3 sets x 15-25 reps
  • Abs Exercises

 

As this training regime demonstrates, Kazmaier was one of the most intense and determined strongmen ever to compete in the sport. He was famous for his intimidating presence and famously stated;

“Any intimidation of others in battle was simply a part of being in the fight of your life”.

He was also a firm believer in his own physical ability and confidently stated during the 1982 WSM event;

“I actually think that I am the strongest man who ever lived”.

Donny Macleod, the World’s Strongest Man (WSM) interviewer at the time, was suitably stunned at this declaration and repeated Kazmaier’s statement back to him in amazement. To this response Kazmaier simply stated;

“Yes, I’ll make that statement”.

This absolute confidence in his own strength and ability has fuelled Kazmaier’s power lifting and strongman success throughout his career. Consequently his litany of world records and strongman titles, his staggering physical strength, sheer determination and acute mental focus have resulted in many people across the world confirming Kazmaier’s statement that he is in fact the strongest man who ever lived!